Outrage rises among liberals over Israel

But the progressives on the rise today are more likely to draw parallels between the plight of the Palestinians and the injustices faced by Black Americans, or to compare Israel’s posture with apartheid-era South Africa. “I know what it’s like to be brutalized for simply advocating for my own humanity,” Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) tweeted late last week. “I stand in strong solidarity with our Palestinian siblings.” Bush, a 44-year-old African-American woman, was first elected in November to represent a district that includes Ferguson, the city where the Black Lives Matter movement took hold following the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown. On Monday, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) told MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin that Israel was maintaining “an apartheid system” over the Palestinians. Tlaib noted that her grandmother still lived under occupation in the West Bank, and asserted that “U.S. taxpayer dollars should not be used to commit human rights violations [but] I have yet to hear anyone from the Biden administration declare that.”